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be the worst day of bloodshed syria has suffered in almost 200 days of war. and syria is bracing for more violence today. international efforts to restore peace are continuing, but are they having any success? let's go to cnn's mohammed jamjoom. yesterday was the deadliest day since january of last year. claims of a mass execution coming out. tell me more about it. >> that's right, alison, opposition activists reporting at least 397 people killed yesterday. that's a staggering number, even by the standards in syria where these days routinely we're hearing that well over 100 people a day were killed because of the fighting there. what we're hearing, the reports that are emerging that in hums province that at least 200 people were killed after regime forces retook a city from the rebel free syrian army forces. now, one activist told us that they got some of their information from a captured syrian soldier that told them that many people had been rounded up. that they had been taking to a petro chemical plant there and executed. we're still trying to get more details about this. the syrian g
again. in jordan, all the suspects have moved in and out of syria where weapons and jihadist fighters are plentiful, another sign the syrian civil war is spilling over into jordan, where the u.s. has a large stake in the survival of that government. >> to put it mildly, jordan is one of america's closest allies in that part of the world. if anything were to happen to that government, to that regime, to the kingdom there, that would be a huge loss for the u.s. >> reporter: absolutely it would. analysts say the jordanian intelligence service is one of the best in the entire region. it works very closely with u.s. intelligence to share information on terrorist cells there. if that government falls, a lot of that is compromised or lost. a huge loss for america's assets in that region. >> brian todd, thanks very much. let's get some perspective now from the jordanian foreign minister, nasser judeh. thanks for coming in. how close was al qaeda to blowing up, destroying the u.s. embassy in amman? >> they had just moved into operational phase when they thwarted that attempt. we had been monit
to intervene. >>> when is enough enough? that is the question many are asking about syria as the death toll climbs and concerns mount over chemical weapons and some lawmakers are saying it is too late to stop mass destruction. >>> what is going on with netflix? another major blunder by the ceo. why he is being investigated by the ccc. >>> it is saturday, december 8th. good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. victor blackwell is off today. we start with a landmark decision by the supreme court. the justices decided to hear two ca cases. joe johns has a look. >> randi, after weeks of speculation the court decided to take up two cases on same-sex marriage. the first one about the defensive marriage act. windsor against the united states. they were married in toronto, canada, in 2007. spire died in 2007 in new york at a time when new york recognized same-sex marriages that were performed outside the state. she was required to pay $363,000 on federal estate taxes on her inheritance that she would not have had to pay that opposite marriages get. so, a pretty clean case here and even the obama admi
about guns. and this shocking new york subway photograph. reports of chemical weapons in syria. let's get started with what promises to be a lively discussion. abbe huntsman, and a host of huff posts live. and welcome to you all. let's start with guns and the fallout of the murder and suicide of jovan bellcher and his girlfriend. bob costas of nbc spoke out about this. let's watch what he said tonight. >> i believe that there should be more comprehensive and effective controls on the sale of guns. roughly 40% of the guns purchased in this country do not require a background check for purchasing. i don't see any reason why someone should be able to purchase military style or body armor or weapons. only the police and the military should have that. >> let's start off. you've been giving me a holler on twitter about this. you are a big gun fan. explain to me why bob costas is wrong? >> it boils down to the ability to protect yourself, piers. when you look at what is what happening in syria with the threat of chemical weapons. the only reason they're not going to use it is because someb
're moving on to today's other important developments, including syria's bloody civil and this special envoy for the middle east, the former british prime minister tony blair is standing by to join us right here in "the situation room." ♪ the weather outside is frightful ♪ ♪ but the fire is so delightful ♪ nothing melts away the cold like a hot, delicious bowl of chicken noodle soup from campbell's. ♪ let it snow, let it snow ♪ many hot dogs are within you. try pepto-bismol to-go, it's the power of pepto, but it fits in your pocket. now tell the world daniel... of pepto-bismol to-go. to provide a better benefits package... oahhh! [ male announcer ] it made a big splash with the employees. [ duck yelling ] [ male announcer ] find out more at... [ duck ] aflac! [ male announcer ] ...forbusiness.com. ♪ ha ha! well, having a ton of locations doesn't hurt. and a santa to boot! [ chuckles ] right, baby. oh, sir. that is a customer. oh...sorry about that. [ male announcer ] break from the holiday stress. fedex office. >>> today, nato approved turkey's request for patriot missiles to d
a reality. that is according to nbc news. now, it says that syria's military has loaded the component chemicals for the deadly nerve gas into aerial bombs that could be dropped from their fighter jets. i want to bring in paula gorani about this because you have a different take on this. i know there's a lot of breath held. you say that they're not necessarily on that path. >> i believe that there's analysis that is very critical that the assad regime is not getting ready to use chemical weapons in syria, and here's why. because the question we're asking is how real is the threat? not just for syrians, but for the region, because once you start using chemical weapons, loaded in warheads, you are looking at death tolls in the thousands, possibly in the tens of thousands also threatening neighboring countries. syria is geographically very central in the region. now, here are some of the reasons why syria and the assad regime might not be considering the use of chemical weapons. first, the two masters of the assad regime. iran and russia are against it. the regime of bashir aul awes youre
updated its plan for a potential strike against syria, after intelligence showed that the regime has filled aerial bombs with deadly gas. the threat of the chemical weapons attack by a desperate regime adds another layer of fear to a population already terrified by almost two years of civil war. for some living on the front lines, life has been turned upside down. cnn's senior international correspondent reporting from northern syria. >> reporter: down a steep, stone stairway into the darkness, this is where the cordea family has been hiding for four months. >> translator: the strikes were all around us. we just ran out with nothing, 20-year-old faknar recalls. we just ran and ran down here. and the shrapnel was falling all over. >> since then, they've dared occasionally to go back home to collect belongings. there would be bombing like that and we'd come running back here, faknar says. their home is just five doors away. but it's right on one of aleppo's front lines. it's been hit by artillery fire since they fled. >> translator: we go home every two weeks to shower. fearful and ter
decision and new job. and syria's civil war is in a very dangerous perhaps decisive tipping point right now. can the world prevent bashar al assad from using chemical weapons against his own people? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with president obama taking his battle to extend tax cuts for the middle class into the heart of the middle class suburb today. he visited a family just outside washington, d.c., using their story to dramatize what will happen in just 26 days if he and congress can't make a deal on the so-called fiscal cliff. a source of great concern for so many people, everyone's taxes will go up, will go up if there's no deal. let's go live to our white house correspondent dan lothian. he's on the scene for us over at the white house. how did it go, dan? >> reporter: well, wolf, we've seen the president do this before in the past whenever he's locked in negotiations with lawmakers. he heads out on the road, either goes to a backyard or sits down around a dinner table to put pressure on congress. that's what he did today when he went to falls churc
the update. our other developing story in the middle east this morning. fears that syria could unleash nerve gas and what could that mean for u.s. military involvement. nbc news is reporting that syria's military has loaded the component chemicals for the deadly nerve gas sarin into aerial bombs that could be dropped from fighter jets. cnn reported on monday that syrian forces started combining chemicals that could be used to make sarin gas for weapons. mohammed jamjoom is in beirut. he's got more on the story for us this morning. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, soledad. this latest report only increasing concerns about the intentions of the syrian regime when it comes to their chemical weapon stockpile. now, why are there so many concerns? not just because people are worried what bashar al assad might do with these chemical weapon stockpiles, as there have been for months, but more as rebels are advancing on damascus and the battling are getting more heated and pitched around the capital, there are concerns that if damascus were to fall, what would happen to chemical weapon stockpi
're live from outside the palace in 30 seconds. >>> plus new reports that syria is putting chemical components in bombs. the details, straight ahead. >>> as of this morning for the first time in the history of our country, it is now legal to smoke pot for recreational purposes in a state and we are there for the pot party. good morning, welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans in for john berman this thursday morning. >> i bet you never thought you'd say that, live at a pot party. >>> good morning to you, i'm zoraida sambolin, 5:00 a.m. in the east here. >>> tension has quickly turned to deadly violence in egypt. this morning, tanks and armored personnel carriers are guarding the presidential palace, this is in cairo. it was there last night that supporters and owe points of president mohamed morsi clashed. they hurled rocks and molotov cocktails at each other. at least five people were killed, hundreds injured. the root of the violence is what many believe is morsi's grab for power. ian lee joins us this morning. what's happening right now. >> reporter: we have the elite repu
. >> thank you. >>> concerns they're rising over chemical weapons sites in syria and today for the first time defense secretary leon panetta says the most recent intelligence raises, his words, serious concerns. >> the whole world is watching. the whole world is watching very closely and the president of the united states has made very clear that there will be consequences, there will be consequences if the assad regime makes a terrible mistake by using these chemical weapons on their own people. >> earlier today, leon panetta. we'll have a report from the pentagon on syria in a moment. >>> first, shock waves in washington. a powerful republican senator suddenly calling it quits. south carolina senator jim demint will step down december 31st to lead the heritage foundation. it's a powerful conservative think tank in washington. demint says he can be more effective outside the senate. >> a lot of my role in the senate has been stopping bad things and saying no to bad things. but we need to do more than that and tell americans what we're for. one of the mistakes i think the republican party mad
state. >>> syria may have no working internet right now, but the fighting is raging on. the country's civil war is focusing right new on damascus international airport on the outskirts of the capital there. rebels say they have surrounded it on one side. they are trying to keep the government's war jets grounded and stop its flow of weapons. syrian state-run tv insists the airport is functioning normally. >>> mexico will swear in a new president in just a few hours when enrique pena nieto takes the oath. he named his new cabinet yesterday, you see him here. he also took control of the armed forces in a traditional midnight ceremony. >> teaching children with autism isn't always easy, but help may be on the way from an unexpected place. an ipad app and a green robot. joe carter has more in today's "start small, think big." >> reporter: children with autism are getting help from a friendly creature. >> it's a robotic system designed to help people with autism learn and practice skills in a fun way. >> can you help me? >> reporter: like making their bed or brushing their teeth. student
're take you around the world in 60 minutes. syria, rebels taken full control of a military base north of the key city aleppo. some rebels named by the u.s. state department terrorists. they designated a terrorist group linked to al qaeda in iraq. the department imposed sanctions. what does it mean to sort out good rebels from bad? nick paton walsh explains. >> reporter: not only look different, black flags, well armed and disciplined, they fight differently, too. using suicide tactics and mass casualty car bombs, radical extremists but undeniably effective. behind a stream of rebel victories, overrunning regime bases across syria, many thinking the end of assad is nearer than ever. why has the united states, who also want assad gone, black listed them as terrorists? >> we've had concerns that al nusra is little more than a front for al qaeda in iraq who has moved some of its operations into syria. >> reporter: that link clear in the document filed monday, al nusra deemed not a new group, another name for al qaeda in iraq. u.s. officials believing insurgents who kill americans in iraq
limits women's rights. the k you stick around? i have a bunch of other questions about syria, chemical questions. we're right back in just a moment. first rule of taking the world by surprise? do something the world will actually notice. introducing the entirely new ford fusion. with a turbo-charged ecoboost engines and a hybrid that doubles the fuel economy of the average vehicle. it's an entirely new idea of what a car can be. >>> so, if you thought the problem in syria was bad, how about this. the chemical weapons situation, the fear that perhaps bashar al assad might actually use chemical weapons on his own people now being exacerbated on a report that perhaps the blame is coming back to us and the accusation from the syrians that we're trying to actually get a hold of those chemical weapons and make it look like the syrian regime has done so. fareed zakari's back with us to talk about this report. it seems as though this is rather serious. only the government, assad's administration has sent a couple of letters to the u.n. suggesting this is all a big plot by the u.s. to get those
the syrian president bashar al assad may be looking for a safe haven outside syria. brian todd has the story for us. >> there's little doubt that bashar al assad's regime is in trouble now. he's isolated, has few friends left in the world. we've now gotten reports that assad may be casting a net among those friends for a way out. his army is on the ropes, fighting for its life around damascus and aleppo. he may be in the process of making chemical weapons. right now, everything about assad smacks of desperation. he's looking into the possibility of seeking asylum for himself, his family and their inner circle in latin america. >> we understand that some countries both in the region and elsewhere have offered to host assad and his family should he choose to lead syria. >> the foreign minister was recently in venezuela delivering a message from bashar al assad. the minister was also in cuba and ecuador bringing classified letters from assad to leaders there. we could not get responses from syrian leaders in the u.s. or latin american governments to respond. multiple sources in the u.s., europe
. >>> in syria the military police chief has defected from president assad's government. this video shows a man identified as the official. i want you to take a listen. >> translator: i announce my defection from the regime and joining the peoples revolution because the syrian military has strayed from the core mission in protecting the homeland to become nothing but an armed gangs that kill and destroy cities and villages carrying out massacres that came out demanding freedom and dignity. >> pretty strong words. this would be one of the highest level defections in the 21 months they've been fighting. the prime minister and general were close to al assad and they also left the regime in recent months. first of all, tell us, this guy, i mean he essentially says they're thugs going after their own people. this seems pretty significant. >> reporter: well, that's right. he's identified on this tape as the general. aside from the video, we spoke with officials from the free syrian army today. they confirmed to us and helped this man escape syria and he's now in turkey. they say it's significant beca
, travelers. >>> our second story, chemical weapons. the world is watching syria and america is the country that will act if there is action. defense secretary leon panetta issued a warning to syria today saying the united states will not stand by and watch the country cross a quote unquote red line. >> whole world is watching very closely. and the president of the united states has made very clear that there will be consequences. there will be consequences. if the assad regime makes a terrible mistake by using these chemical weapons. >> syria denies it is mobilizing chemical weapons in a civil war in which 40,000 people have lost theirs in 21 months. instead, they say they're trying to create fear and set for an attack. hillary clinton met with russia's foreign minister twice today in dublin. these are important meetings because russia is a syrian alley. but is it too late? national security contributor, fran townsend, is a member of the cia. cedrick layton member of the joipt staff. what are those consequences? is the u.s. going to passing the point of no return here? >> well, it is, look
. >> reporter: but kerrie is not totally in sync with obama, and he has had limited intervention in syria, something the froms has resisted. kerry has built deep relationships with many foreign leaders? there are very few people in our country with greater experience over a longer period of time in foreign policy than senator kerry. >> i want to bring in jessica yellin live from the white house. i covered kerr ney 2004 when he was running for president and he was successfully caricatured as someone who was out of touch. give us a behind-the-scenes look at who he is and how he relates to people. >> reporter: well, senator kerry is a statesman, a man who has been working in washington for so many years that it is easy to paint a caricature of him that way. he is a man who has developed a relationship with president obama which is what's meaningful today and here at the white hou house. he is, as kate pointed out, was dispatched by the president not just two times or a number of times during foreign sort of mini crises, but very, very delicate situations and he has successfully eased the way
ameritrade. example, of chemical weapons, nerve gas being used in syria which can literally wipe out thousands of people with one single weapon. the united states has been disengaged. the united states has said if we get engaged and intervene all of these terrible things will happen. everything they said would happen if we intervene have not happened because we didn't. there is an absence of american leadership in the region and i just came from a conference and i talked to these leaders. i know them well. they believe the united states is drawn and week. there are al qaeda training camps and to look at afghanistan where the message is we are leaving, you look at syria where 40,000 people have now been massacred, the upheaval in egypt, the consulate situation in benghazi is more dangerous than ever before and if america doesn't lead, then other people will lead and they are not in america's interest. >> here is the flip side of the argument, which is america used to have reasonably good relations with others. yes, they were dictators. yes they did despicable things. but as senator mc
ahead, 21 months after bashir al assad began killing his own people, the fighting is raging in syria. the rest of the world may finally be convinced things are critical there. senator john mccain is asking what took so long. more from him ahead. if we want to improve our schools... ... what should we invest in? maybe new buildings? what about updated equipment? they can help, but recent research shows... ... nothing transforms schools like investing in advanced teacher education. let's build a strong foundation. let's invest in our teachers so they can inspire our students. let's solve this. [ female announcer ] holiday cookies are a big job. everything has to be just right. perfection is in the details. ♪ get to holiday fun faster with pillsbury cookie dough. but i'm still stubbed up. [ male announcer ] truth is, nyquil doesn't unstuff your nose. what? [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus liquid gels speeds relief to your worst cold symptoms plus has a decongestant for your stuffy nose. thanks. that's the cold truth! time for citi price rewind. because your daughter really wants t
bashir al assad began killing his own people, the fighting is raging in syria. the rest of the world may finally be convinced things are critical there. senator john mccain is asking what took so long. we'll tell you about what just changed. more from him, ahead. [ male announcer ] this is joe woods' first day of work. and his new boss told him two things -- cook what you love, and save your money. joe doesn't know it yet, but he'll work his way up from busser to waiter to chef before opening a restaurant specializing in fish and game from the great northwest. he'll start investing early, he'll find some good people to help guide him, and he'll set money aside from his first day of work to his last, which isn't rocket science. it's just common sense. from td ameritrade. >>> welcome back. for 21 months now, we've been asking you to look at the images that keep coming out of syria, to watch the nearly unwatchable. we know it can be mind-numbing. we understand the desire to look away. but we believe and we continue to believe it's imperative that the rest of the world bear witness to what's
signs syrian regime could be on the brink of using chemical warfare. ar was damian is inside syria getting first hand reaction. >>> would you like to be able to use a cell phone while flying? new information into "the situation room." >>> and a jersey shore home survives superstorm sandy, but vanishes in the days afterwards. welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> the united states is now updating plans for a potential strike against syria due to intelligence showing the regime filled aerial bombs with deadly serin gas. barbara starr is getting new information from the pentagon, joining us with the latest. what is the latest on the disturbing development? >> wolf, let's emphasize, updating plans potentially if defense is ordered. for defense secretary leon panet panetta, the priority is to determine serious intent. with the u.s. now believing the syrian government has chemical filled bombs, cnn has learned the pentagon is secretly updating military st
if the syrian regime or the rebels are listening as tanks and gunfire continue to fill syria's streets today. >>> egyptian president mohammed morsi is calling for an end to violence. he said syrian's president's regime has no place. he says a new constitution guarantees quality for all egyptians. >>> one sheriff says he knows how to keep kids safe in school after the newtown shooting. how to protect young students in his county. ♪ you are my sunshine, my only sunshine ♪ ♪ you make me happy [ female announcer ] choose the same brand your mom trusted for you. children's tylenol, the #1 brand of pain and fever relief recommended by pediatricians and used by moms decade after decade. trust duracell to power their donated toys? duralock power preserve. it locks in power for up to 10 years in storage. guaranteed. duracell with duralock. trusted everywhere. [ male announcer ] icy hot arthritis lotion. powerful encapsulated menthol gets icy to dull pain, hot to relax it away. power past pain. >>> how is saturday treating you so far at 8:30 now? >> good breakfast. good o.j. welcome back, everyb
chemical weapons. syria says it would never use the chemical weapons against its own people but warns that terrorists could use it against the people. >>> and linebacker jerry brown, a dallas cowboy, a member of the team's practice squad was pronounced dead at the hospital. he was riding in a car driven by josh brent, the starting nose tackle. brent has been arrested on suspicion of intoxication manslaughter. police say the player's mercedes was traveling at high speed when it hit a curb, flipped and caught fire. >>> and same-sex couples getting their day in court. today, the supreme court decided to hear cases regarding federal laws, one regarding the defense of marriage act, or doma, involving couples legally married in their own state. the other is a challenge to california's prop 8, which took away the rates of same-sex marriage that had been previously approved by state courts. >>> the top story this hour, a man considered the leader of a terrorist network, now in custody in egypt. this is why we're paying attention to this man. u.s. officials believe his group had something to d
for having me. >>> still ahead, reports that syria is loading chemical weapons has the whole world on edge. what does it mean for u.s. action? we'll talk to chad sweet. he's the former director of operations with the cia to update us. >>> and president clinton and first lady michelle obama competing for votes for an award. >>> and business news. >> big day. jobs report. we're awaiting for the monthly jobs report in a couple hours. we'll find out what it means for the health of our economy later this morning. you're watching "starting point." the all-new cadillac ats to test the 2.0-liter turbo engine. [ engine revs ] ♪ [ derek ] 272 horsepower. the lightest in its class. the cadillac ats outmatches the bmw 3 series. i cannot believe i have ended the day not scraping some red paint off on these barriers. ♪ [ male announcer ] the all-new cadillac ats. to the number 1 club in the world. the potential of manchester united unlocked. nyse euronext. unlocking the world's potential. [ ding! ] losing your chex mix too easily? time to deploy the boring-popcorn decoy bucket. then no one will want
following days of anti-government rallies and clashes. >>> fighting continues to rage in syria's civil war. syrian rebels say they have surrounded the country's main airport on one side. they say they're trying to keep the country's war jets grounded and stop its flow of weapons. syrian state run tv insists the airport is running normally. >>> ford is issuing a voluntary recall of its ford escape models today following reports of overheating followed by vehicle fires. no injury is reported. if you own one of these models, ford advises you to consult your dealer immediately. repair procedures still not known. >>> for a small fighter, hector camacho often seemed larger than life. that life ended early. he was shot last week outside a bar near san juan and died a week ago. he will be buried nay the bronx. >>> and today marks world aids day. the white house marking the event by displaying a red ribbon, an international symbol of support and awareness. president obama says in part that the united states is committed to preventing the disease's spread and "end this pandemic once and for all." >>
against syria are changing. senior pentagon officials tell cnn the syrian government could be escalating the civil war. there are new concerns the assad regime is preparing to use chemical weapons. let's get to our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. barbara, how does this change the u.s. military's syria plan? are we talking u.s. troops, boots on the ground? >> well, not at this point, clearly, deb. but what we do know is that u.s. officials tell us that they are updating some of the military options for action against syria's chemical weapons capability, why are they doing this? of course, we chatted about this in the last several days. officials say they do have the intelligence now that syria has filled aerial bombs with deadly sarin gas. haven't moved it to airplanes yet, but this is very concerning because that, of course, would be the next step. so once you have the deadly bombs, the u.s. has to look at what the options could be, what they might want to target to essentially take out that kind of capabilities. so that's the options that are now being worked on. deb? >> i mean, t
if those two groups cross paths. thank you. >>> this morning calming words on syria amid fears the crumbling regime could unleash chemical weapons on its own people. days after the u.s. and other countries warned embattled president bashar al assad against such action, defense secretary leon panetta says syria may be backing away from the threat. here is what pa net ta said early this morning on a flight to kuwait city. >> we haven't seen anything new indicating any aggressive steps to move forward in that way, but we continue to monitor it very closely and we continue to make clear to them that they should not under any means make use of these chemical weapons against their own population. >> and here's an example of how just murky the divisions are in syria, later today washington will declare one of the group of rebels a foreign terrorist organization. according to federal documents the group is merely another alias or al qaeda in iraq. >>> this morning we know the name of the navy s.e.a.l. killed during a raid to rescue a kidnapped american doctor in afghanistan. the s.e.a.
and explosions and death in syria. this is damascus. at least five people were killed today when a powerful car bomb blew up in this residential neighborhood. it tore apart apartment buildings and filled the streets with debris. government blames rebel fighters for setting off the bomb. at least 30 people died in attacks across syria today. half of them in damascus. >>> this is new delhi, india. riot police blasting protesters with high-pressure water hoses trying to break up a rally against the government. people are furious after a woman was reportedly gang raped last weekend. women are not safe in new dehli and other cities in india. >>> it's one of our top stories this hour on cnn. a former u.s. marine and war veteran is released from a mexican prison. he spent four months there without a trial on a questionable gun charge. he describes conditions there and his treatment as deplorable. another american family is desperately trying to bring home steven knight, an american who has been in a mexican prison more than a year. cnn's rafael romo has his story. >> reporter: this is what steven knig
. >>> to a pair of startling and devastating attacks in syria. it was a couple of hours ago. nine people, six of them children, were killed. this was in a raid on a bakery. that is according it to an opposition group. the attack comes a day after more than 100 folks died at another bakery. this is when planes dropped bombs as they were waiting in line for bread. we have the story, and we want to warn you that some of the these pictures are graphic. >> reporter: a voice filled with horror, a scene full of carnage. a massacre screams the man. they targeted the bakery. a bakery where hungry civilians had been standing in line to get bread. one eyewitness reached via skype described the grizzly aftermath. >> translator: from 200 meters away i could see corpses as i walked towards the bakery. the people cannot be described. bodies piled on top of each other. it was an impossible scene. there was no word to describe it. >> reporter: he says he was one of the first on the scene filmed this video. the wounded are carried away as rebels and civilians dig up mangled corpses from the rubble. shock and g
that syria may be considering the use of such weapons against rebels. new this morning, this mayor of this town along the border with turkey told cnn that jets dropped two bombs wounding several people. >>> it is 18 minutes past the hour. we are getting an early read on your local news making national headlines this story from "the boston globe." a year after the paper found that stores and restaurants across massachusetts were intentionally mislabeling fish. guess what? the practice continues. dna testing shows some business are showing cheaper, lower quality fish instead of what is written on the label. in one case, slices of what were supposed to be white tuna at a sushi shop were an oily species of fish that can cause digestive issues. that's terrible. >>> the "new york times," this story got so much attention locally here and around the nation. the homeless man who received a pair of shoes from a selfless police officer. reporters caught up with him on the upper west side and his new boots were nowhere to be seen. jeffrey hillman said the shoes are hidden because they are wort
a double agent, loyal to extremists, blew himself up. >>> syria's military police chief has defected. recording a video that aired on arab tv network, announcing he is defecting because the syrian army is no locker acting in the spec interest of the people. the decision follows two brutal attacks on hungry civilians standing in bread lines and comes at a time when rebel forces are said to be making gains over government troops over control of major cities. >>> andruw jones, free on bone this morning after being arrested outside atlanta on christmas on a battery charge. the gwinnett county detention center tells us there was a domestic dispute with his wife. the center fielder won ten straight gold gloves with the braves. played with the new york yankies last year and recently signed with a team in january pan. >>> shinzo abe has been elected prime minister. he held the same position six years ago but resign because of health problems. he helped his party dominate elections last month. he promised to revive the economy and create a recovery plan for last year's earthquake, tsunami and
defection. lisa sylvester is monitoring that. >> well, syria's military police chief reportedly has fled to turkey on a scooter after plotting his escape for three weeks. in a video posted online, a man purporting to be the police chief accuses the government of carrying out massacres of innocent civilians and he says the military is nothing but armed gangs that kill. he says is he defecting to, quote, join the people's revolution. and the recovery in the housing market remains on pace. home prices rose 4.3% in october over last year, that is it the biggest percentage increase in more than two years. near record low mortgage rates and fewer foreclosures are helping spur sale which is in turn is boosting prices. and the world's longest high speed rail line is up and running and it's in, where else, china. the 1428 mile line spans more than half the country linking the capital of beijing to the southern chinese bloom city. trains will run at 186 miles per hour. >>> and civil rights icon nelson mandela has been discharged from a south africa hospital. 94-year-old former president will conti
to ban autonomous weapons outright. bonnie points to syria and wonders what killer robots could do in a conflict like that. >> because the weapons are emotionless, they could serve as a perfect tool for a dictator who would not have to worry about the danger of a human soldier turning on him if ordered to fire on his own civilians. a robot would not do that. >> reporter: when you're talking about a weapon that doesn't have the capacity to feel any compassion for its victims, it opens up all kinds of ethical questions that the pentagon and really militaries around the world are going to have to grapple with over the next 20 years. chris lawrence, cnn, the pentagon. >>> and we want to show you some live pictures now of abbas returning home to the west bank of his successful bid to make palestine a non-member observer state to the u.n. once again, these are live pictures here just in to cnn. >>> well, he filled up four entire passports and never got on a single flight. yes, can you believe that? we'll tell you how this globe trekker made his way to every country on earth and set a wor
she's collected. >> in syria the new normal is unimaginable to you and me. that's next. americans are always ready to work hard for a better future. since ameriprise financial was founded back in 1894, they've been committed to putting clients first. helping generations through tough times. good times. never taking a bailout. there when you need them. helping millions of americans over the centuries. the strength of a global financial leader. the heart of a one-to-one relationship. together for your future. ♪ [ gordon ] for some this line is a convenience. how you doing today? i'm good thanks. how are you? i'm good. [ gordon ] but for others, it's all they can afford. every day nearly nine million older americans don't have enough to eat. anything else? no, not today. join me, aarp, and aarp foundation in the drive to end hunger by visiting drivetoendhunger.org. >>> syria's government blaming rebels for a deadly car bombing today. the bombing near a mosque in the city of homs killed 15 people and wounded several others. the bloody war started 20 months ago with more than 40,000
. >>> syria may have no working internet right now, but the fighting is raging on. the country's civil war is focusing right now on damascus international airport on the outskirts of the capital. they have surrounded it on one side and trying to keep the war jets grounded and stop its flow of weapons. syrian state-run tv insists the airport is functioning normally, though. >>> ford is issuing a voluntary recall of its 2013 escape and fusion models today. there are reports of engines overheating and then vehicle fires when the engine is running. there have been no injuries reported, but if you own one of these models, ford wants you to contact the dealer immediately. repair procedures, they don't know about those yet. >>> today 17-year-old jordan davis will be laid to rest in an atlanta suburb. the high school senior was shot to death at a florida gas station following a disagreement about loud music. 45-year-old michael dunn is charged with davis' murder in a case that remind some of the trayvon martin shooting in florida. but dunn's attorney said there is no comparison here and her client
recent power grab. >>> and two days after internet crashed in syria, the coverage wi was restored today. what actually caused it is not clear. but others say it is the work of bashar al-assad's regime. most of those killed in and around syria and aleppo, cnn's arwa damon visited aleppo, and found a nation gripped by civil war. >> reporter: to the tune of jingle bell, a chant in aleppo, with original lyrics. hand in hand, we are all hand in hand, they say, until we get rid of assad. the overwhelming crowd here, for democracy, but also some carrying black flags for islamists. let's agree that each has a right to their perspective. a show of unity, but later islamist groups take up their own chant. the people want an islamic state. when we say we want an islamic state, it means that every citizen will have their rights, he says. islam respects the rights of others, but according to their interpretation. one says, i should cover my hair. twenty-five-year-old hussain says he is not worried they will take over the country. syria is beautiful, a nation of many colors, he says, whether they lik
the road. i have a lifetime of experience. so i know how important that is. >>> in syria, at least eight rebels died today in aleppo as they were bombed by wash planes as they attacked civilian military positions. living in aleppo, their lives are constantly in danger. >> reporter: they home again, but they are cold and broke. and still in danger. about a third of the families who fled this neighborhood of aleppo have come back, only to find out that these streets are now on the front lines. if the regime can take the city, it will cut off the main artery for syrian forces in alepaleppo open a route to the airport. on a nearby hill top, the rebels used to control that as well but lost it a month ago. the battle lines here are constantly fluid and snipers are a constant threat. the front line is visible just through here and we can barely make out three bodies, the rebel fighters are telling us that there are two male and one female. there were five, they managed to extract two, but they can't reach the others. for the children here, gun fire has become background noise. this 12-year-old
bloodshed in syria. more than 40 thousand syrians have died in the 21-month conflict as you know. on wednesday go on twitter to catch the pope's first tweet from his personal account. we're going to answer questions about faith. there you go. you can actually follow the pope on twitter. in less than a week he's managed to get 600,000 followers. very popular guy. friday, time's person of the year. that's a big day. you may remember the protester was chosen. and on saturday, there we go, a potentially pivotal moment for the nation. indication the latest on it right here on cnn. there you have it. >>> thrn mooing south african leader nelson man doula is president. jacob zuma assures there's no cause for alarm but people are certainly wired about his health. we're joined from south africa. great to talk with you. what do we know in terms of nelson mandela's health? we're learning that he's going three extensive testing, is that right? the president treat mrs. mandela's health as a closely guarded secret and they ee basically responsible for communicating this information to us. they'
. >> exactly. >> thank you, michael. >>> they say living underground in aleppo, syria, is like living in a grave. we'll hear from a family that's caught in the middle of the violence. again? it's embarrassing it's embarrassing! we can see you carl. we can totally see you. come on you're better than this...all that prowling around. yeah, you're the king of the jungle. have you thought about going vegan carl? hahaha!! you know folks who save hundreds of dollars by switching to geico sure are happy. how happy are they jimmy? happier than antelope with night-vision goggles. nice! get happy. get geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more. social security are just numbers thinkin a budget.d... well, we worked hard for those benefits. we earned them. and if washington tries to cram decisions about the future... of these programs into a last minute budget deal... we'll all pay the price. aarp is fighting to protect seniors with responsible... solutions that strengthen medicare and... social security for generations to come. we can do better than a last minute deal... that w
. >> brian todd is there in north pennsylvania for us. thank you. >>> turning to syria, the united states insists that the rebel group is is a terrorist will not weaken the regime. sanctions were slapped on the leader of the group only hours after it was back listed by the state department. our senior international correspondent arwa damon is inside syria with an extraordinary look at one rebel fighting the battle with an exclusive homemade recipe. >> reporter: with the precision of a master chef, he adjusts the flame. in the pan, table sugar and a chemical compound bought locally that we've agreed not to name. it's almost ready, he says, as the color darkens. he doesn't want his face shown. he has decades of experience in the art of war. he says he fought with the palestinians twice by the israelis in the 1980s. but they had more mercy than the assad regime. he adds bitterly. now he's using his training and weapons design that he got in libya. this amount combined with another substance is what he uses to make a single grenade. when it comes to making the prop pell lants for a rocket, it
set on fire. >>> a family living underground to avoid bombs in syria. cnn takes you inside their chilling reality. i'm brooke baldwin. the news is now. >>> a little girl in the middle of a nasty custody fight. today, it goes to the nation's highest court. >>> and they're young. they're popular. they're on the short list for 2016. >> we must speak to the aspirations and the anxieties of every american. >> so if paul ryan and marco rubio are the future of the gop, how do veteran republicans feel about that? [ male announcer ] this is bob, a regular guy with an irregular heartbeat. the usual, bob? not today. [ male announcer ] bob has afib: atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem, a condition that puts him at greater risk for a stroke. [ gps ] turn left. i don't think so. [ male announcer ] for years, bob took warfarin, and made a monthly trip to the clinic to get his blood tested. but not anymore. bob's doctor recommended a different option: once-a-day xarelto®. xarelto® is the first and only once-a-day prescription blood thinner for patients with afib not c
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